|Written by RawGuru|
|Tuesday, 02 November 2010|
Question #1: A) What are some raw food staples in your current diet? B) Are you 100% raw? C) How did you start?Green smoothies were the start of my raw adventure. My sister bought a Vitamix blender during the summer when I lived with her, and it inspired me to make fresh and yummy smoothies. I already knew I needed to shift my eating practices after discovering I was allergic to gluten, so the catalyst was this tool, and the clarity I discovered in eating fresh foods with high nutrient content, compared to my previous refined-vegan-soy lifestyle really made it stick. This was about 4 years ago, and I continue to create and enjoy raw food meals. I slowly moved into a 100% raw food diet a few years ago, but didn't stay there. I discovered that it was more of a cleansing process for me, and my body required other means of nutrition, so no, I am not 100% raw. The benefits of raw foods are amazing and can be profound, but I think listening to your body and its ever evolving needs is the way to go for true health. Staples I love currently: berries, mesquite pod meal, coconut, honey, dulse, olives, walnuts, fresh herbs.
Question #2: What inspired you to create your company Diviana Alchemy, and how did you come up with that name?
Diviana Alchemy was created in the summer of 2009, and it came after a long stay in Hawaii where I had access to the most nutrient-rich fresh foods I ever experienced. At this time I was traveling around and needed to feel grounded again, so I found myself in Southern California for a longer stay than I expected after meeting the man I Love, and in this state I allowed myself to be fully creative again. With some new-found superfood herbs and medicinals in the kitchen I began experimenting, and that's when Diviana came to be. Diviana is a play on the divine, which we all participate in, in our highest state. The herbs and medicinals I use in my alchemical creations can bring a clarity and awareness with the potential to assist in healing.
Question #3: What is your book Sweet & Raw Pie Mandalas - Book about? How does it differ than other raw food books on the market?
Sweet & Raw Pie Mandalas is a recipe book like no other, it is part art and part sweet alchemical creation. This project has been in the works for a few years, and each and every mandala pie in this book is an original recipe created with fresh ingredients along with medicinal herbs and superfoods. The artful inspiration that I hope to communicate through these mandalas is what I want readers to experiment and play with. These recipes utilize the most mineralizing foods on the planet, and are more than just delicious, they are healing, they are beautiful, they are unique!
Question #4: What's so unique about Diviana Nectar and what are some of the benefits eating it?
Diviana Nectar is a blend of raw, unfiltered honey, virgin coconut oil, superfoods, medicinal mushrooms, ayurvedic herbs and synergizing spices. I love Diviana Nectar for the ease of administering all these mineralizing components into the body, through a delicious mix of herbs and superfoods that is complex and unique. I think the most surprising thing about this blend is that it tastes so good, with shilajit, reishi, ashwaganda, mucuna, tribulus, cordyceps, and ho sho wu all in the mix. Many of these ingredients are adaptogenic and can help to balance stress, the immune system and overall energy. The raw honey in this blend actually helps deliver these medicinal properties and minerals into your cells, called an anupan in ayurvedic medicine. All the ingredients in this superfood elixir paste are carefully selected organic, wildcrafted and/or sustainably harvested.
Question #5: What's the best way for a raw newbie to get into raw foods?
I think the best way to introduce raw foods is through sweet treats, this has been the introduction for my family and they Love it! Most of us are drawn to sweet and delicious foods, and you can create rich and creamy nutrient-rich desserts through using completely raw and whole food ingredients, and they are incredibly quick and easy once you learn a few basic techniques.
Question #6 Can you share with us a favorite recipe or dish?
Superfood Cookies (this can be the crust used for pies too!)
makes about 16
2 cups coconut flakes, fine cut
1 cup favorite nuts or seeds (I like walnuts), ground
1/2 cup goji berries, ground
3-4 medjool dates or dried figs
2 T mesquite pod meal
1 T maca powder
1 tsp reishi extract
1 tsp shilajit
pinch cinnamon, nutmeg
pinch himalayan salt
2 T Diviana Nectar or raw honey
Grind nuts and goji berries in food processor until fine. Mix all ingredients in food processor until combined and sticking together easily between your fingers. It should look like a crumbly dough. Shape how you desire and chill 30 minutes or longer (no refrigeration needed though).
Question #7: What are your thoughts on fasting? Water and/or Juice.
Fasting and cleansing are an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and I think just the act of restricting yourself from consuming certain foods can be a useful way to wake up to the way that these foods makes you feel. A complete fast from any food at all, consuming only water or juices is a quick way to release toxins, but not the only way. I think that maintaining balance within cleanses is also important, and you don't want to overburden your body by cleansing too quickly. Some useful tools to detoxify the body can be different herbs or medicinal foods, making teas, or just adding in certain foods like chlorella can be useful. It all depends on what your goal is here, what are you looking to cleanse, and what the first steps in releasing toxins are for your particular situation. Everyone is different.
Question #8: Do you take any raw supplements or super foods?
Superfoods and herbs that I regularly use are mesquite pod meal (high in amino acid lysine), maca (great for adrenal support), chlorella (detoxifies heavy metals), goji berries (polysaccharide and protein rich), reishi (immune boosting), shilajit (highly mineralizing with fulvic and humic acids), ashwaganda (adaptogenic ayurvedic herb), amla (high in vitamin C) and generally I make my own herbal blends. I like to experiment with herbs and new superfoods and mostly use those that are adaptogenic, and can be used for overall good health. I also love local and wild herbs!!!
Question #9: Where do you see the raw food movement heading?
The use of superfoods and herbs has always been on the forefront of the raw food movement, for added nutrition and fun while supplementing the fresh raw foods we eat. I see the raw food movement right now going in two directions, where one is continuing on with the cleansing aspects of raw with mostly fresh fruits and veggies and a vegan approach, and the other moving to include a more balanced whole foods approach, with raw dairy and possibly animal products along with all the fresh foods and wild greens we know are so beneficial to a vibrant body.
Question #10: Can you please tell us about some of your current projects you're working on and/or developing?
Currently I am loving teaching raw food classes in Seattle, and I always love developing new tasty treats. I continue to discover local wild foods that are full of nutrition and as fresh as you can get. What I do daily is work on developing new treats with seasonal ingredients, keep my website updated and fun, and share my recipes and book with people who want the information. So the next round of recipes that make their way into a book will come together when I realize the theme, which seems to come about spontaneously. I love to be an artist in the kitchen, and I hope to inspire others to do the same!
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